Monday, April 14, 2014

We're missing the point

But this [the creation of the sun and moon in Genesis 1] is not simply about counting the days and nights; the invention of the sun and moon neither creates nor allows for the passage of time, per se. After all, several days have already passed and been counted without them. Clearly, mere chronological tallying is not the issue here. What is created is the actual calendrical framework that gives the passage of time significance and allows one to separate between sacred and nonsacred times. Indeed, the term used to refer to the light in the sky, ‏מְּאֹרֹת, is used in the Pentateuch to refer exclusively to the lamps in the sanctuary.—Poetic Astronomy in the Ancient Near East, page 313-314

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Interesting, isn't it? And this whole argument of 6 days totally misses the point, doesn't it? We're looking at the weeds in the garden and missing the flowers that are there...
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